Tuesday, January 27, 2015

To my sincere & honest students: Be good

My dear sincere & honest (s&h) students,

I would like to dedicate this blog to:
1. Gauri Gharpure, the first of my s&h students to remove my fear of the Internet and suggest that I may want to start a blog of my own for the sake of my students. I started "Against the Tide" on 2 October 2008.
2. Smriti Mudgal, Kajal Iyer and Smita Aggarwal -- the earliest among my s&h students, who encouraged me with comments and suggestions.
3. Abhilasha Padhy, Aditi Kumar, Aparna Das-Sadukhan, Arpita Dey, Chinmaye Bhave, Deepthy Menon, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shrinkhla Narula, Sindoora Iyer, Shilpy Balakrishna (in alphabetical order by name); who were the earliest of my s&h students to start blogs of their own.
4. All my s&h students, who have commented on my blog-posts and especially those of U who encouraged me to write the five-part memoir on my mother.
5. All those who keep me alive with their questions. For, what is journalism in one word, if not "Question"?

The purpose of this blog is to:
1. Carry the writings & work of my s&h students
2. Introduce them & the work they do
3. Build & sustain a network of my s&h students, a part of the larger "community of the good".
4. Pay tribute to those of my s&h students, from whom I have learned.

Please send in your suggestions and comments.

Your support is my strength.

Peace and love,
- Joe.

Pune, India; Tuesday, 27 January 2015.